Ten holiday gift ideas for the practical fashionista!

Beauty Info Zones Practical Holiday Gift Guide
Pretty things are great, but sometimes function is more important.  Here are some awesome stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts, and holiday gifts that are BIZ tested and recommended!  Any one of these options will look fabulous all wrapped up and are sure to become staples items for your down to earth, practical-minded giftee.

Natracare Makeup Remover Cloths

1.  Natracare Organic Cleansing Makeup Removal Wipes ($7.49):  These are some of the softest, gentlest makeup remover wipes I’ve tried.  They are more on the ‘wet’ side, and while they remove makeup and dirt they don’t irritate the skin.  Available at drugstore.com, Walgreens.com, and Amazon.com.

Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum 2

2.  Coast to Coast Soothing Aqua Serum ($40):  This is a beautiful serum that leaves skin moist, plump, and healthy.  It is a particularly excellent gift for those who do a lot of traveling – awesome for a little lift on the plane while flying from coast to coast!  You can find this at Ulta.com.

The Magic Pads

3.  The Magic Pads ($19.95):  How about some magic under the tree?  These skin treatment pads have wonderful ingredients including glycolic acid, organic willow bark, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E in an organic aloe vera juice base. The Magic Pads clear up blemishes, shrink the appearance of pores, and exfoliate skin all in one swipe.  You can find these at www.themagicpads.com

Mad Hippie Eye Cream 2

4.  Mad Hippie Eye Cream ($24.99):  Perfect for the non-traditionalist on your list, this eye cream features a slew of peptides and antioxidants in a truly elegant formulation.  The packaging is beyond cute, and this is an eye cream that really delivers.  Available at www.madhippie.com

Strivectin Tightening Neck Cream

5.  Strivectin TL Advanced™ Tightening Neck Cream ($95):  I slather this on every morning and every night and I am loving the results!  The neck and decolletage show age more quickly than any other body part, and this beautiful thick cream is just what is needed to keep that delicate area moisturized and free of crepey skin – plus it rebuilds elastin fibers.  Available at StriVectin.com

Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream 2

6.  Le Beurre Shea Butter Body Cream (8 oz. $22):  This shea butter cream feels like luxury, but it’s a major workhorse for dry winter skin.  It melts right in, making skin super happy with grapeseed, jojoba, and vitamin E.  Choose from five beautiful scents, including Lavender, Vanilla, Lemongrass, Sage and Unscented. Available at www.lebeurreshop.com (pick up a Shea Butter Lip Balm while you are there!)

Scala Rain Hat

7.  Scala Collezione Rain Hat ($25):  Talk about fashionable and functional!  This jaunty rain hat is a truly perfect holiday gift that will be hugely appreciated. LW281 is one of Scala’s best-selling rain hats, and is available in black, charcoal, wine and khaki.  Made of nylon, it protects your hairdo while looking pretty darn awesome. Get yourself one while you are at it!

Mally Citychick Smokey Eye Kit 2

8.  Mally City Chick Smokey Eye Kit ($40):  Now here is a perfect eyeshadow palette for any chick, city or rural.  There are ten different color combinations from which to choose.  Every combo of creamy eyeshadows has wonderful neutral shades that are both beautiful and practical.  Available at www.mallybeauty.com

Priti neutrals 5

9.  Priti Nail Polish neutrals ($15 each):  What is a great practical stocking stuffer?  Some fabulous neutral nail polish.  My pick is Priti Nail Polish, particularly the shades Ginger Snap Orchid, opaque light creamy nude, Nodding Lilac, opaque soft lilac, and Moss Campion, opaque creamy light taupe.  Available at www.pritinyc.com

Dove White Beauty Bar

10.  Dove White Beauty Bar ($5.00):  You can’t go wrong with this classic!  What a great stocking stuffer.  People swear by this bar soap that removes makeup without stripping the skin.

Stay tuned for more great holiday gift guides, including a list of fabulous finds for the glam girl on your list!  – Lisa

*items sent for editorial consideration

Red wine and chocolate…and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Recently I read an article featuring 20 different people who lived to be over 100 years old.  Each one was asked the secret to their longevity.  While one randy old guy said ‘lots of whiskey and wild women’, what really struck me was how many people said red wine and chocolate were staples in their diets.  I immediately thought of the eye cream I have been testing, sent to us by DermaquestStem Cell 3D Eye Lift ($78).

Dermaquest Eye Lift Stem Cell 3D

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

I love this!

I love this!

Right inside the box is the message, “Red wine, chocolate and this serum are all full of antioxidants.  Lucky you.”  Red wine and chocolate are most certainly enjoyable means of getting those antioxidants – might as well have enjoyable skin care, too!

DermaQuest is a spa skin care line that has been around since 1999.  They make professional and physician-only products, and are known for products featuring the latest in skin care technology.  They have a slew of products that feature botanical stem cell technology, including a facial cleanser, serum, tinted moisturizer, and body creme.

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift

What I really like about this eye cream is it gives an instant lift, and who doesn’t like immediate gratification?  Even better, it keeps on working to ultimately give great results over time.  Eye Lift is a cross between a cream and a serum.  It’s a great morning eye cream because while it hydrates, it’s not heavy and doesn’t interfere with concealer or foundation application.

There are so many interesting ingredients in this elegant eye cream – just take a look at that list!! Botanical stem cells are some of the newer kids on the skin care block, and research suggests they are highly effective at reducing wrinkles and protecting skin from environmental damage. Another one of the main ingredients is capryllic/capric triglyceride, which is derived from coconut and is fantastic for repairing skin tissue.  Red algae is another antioxidant that also works as an emollient, making this eye cream nicely hydrating for the undereye area.

In the quest to be healthy and look younger, it seems that it pays to drink a little red wine and have a little chocolate every day.  It also pays to use a little eye cream – and DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Eye Lift is a great option full of cutting-edge skin care ingredients.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

 Ingredients:  Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Algae Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Butylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Adenosine Triphosphate, Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Hydrolyzed Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carrageenan, Citric Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Ergothioneine, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Porphyridium Polysaccharide , Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate, Pichia/Resveratrol Ferment Extract, Gardenia Jasminoides Meristem Cell Culture, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Eryngium Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Disodium EDTA

The magic of peptides: Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The magic word in skin care these days is ‘peptides’. Peptides are cell-communicating ingredients that act as a messenger to the different cells, providing information for healing wounds, irritation, and inflammation. If peptides have the right base formula and are in the right packaging – meaning an airless pump – they are an extremely effective ingredient. Apothederm sent the BIZ their Hydrating Eye Cream ($40) to test and with something called SmartPeptide® technology inside I was definitely intrigued. Who couldn’t use a little magic around the eye area?

Apothederm Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

There is a lot of science that goes into a great eye cream. The SmartPeptide® technology is a combination of peptides (Hexapeptide-21) that help to repair skin with a perfect base formula (shea butter) that has moisturizing ingredients that help the peptides penetrate and absorb properly into the skin (glycerin and squalane oil). Here are specifics about the ingredients:

Hexapeptide-21
SmartPeptide helps to control visible photoaging while calming and soothing the delicate eye area. It works to stimulate the skin’s own natural repair and regeneration system. Tests have shown that this peptide controls visible signs of photoaging while calming and soothing the skin.

Shea Butter
Helps corrects dry, dehydrated skin, leaving it feeling soft and smooth.

Glycerin
A powerful humectant that relieves dehydration by drawing essential moisture into the skin.

Squalane
An emollient oil replenishes and protects the natural moisture balance of the skin.

skin care science!

skin care science!

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

Apothederm Hydrating Eye Cream

The formula for this eye cream is quite elegant and the packaging is perfect – hello, airless pump! With the peptides in the right base, and packaging that keeps them stable, this is one heck of an effective eye cream  Apothederm reports that an independent clinical study showed 93% of participants said skin was smoother in 14 days, and 83% reported a decrease in fine lines and wrinkles after 14 days.

This eye cream is quite rich, a little goes a long way. The bottle lasts a long time and I am loving the results. It leaves my under eye area plump, hydrated, and younger looking. I can certainly say it has lessened the look of my fine lines, and it does a great job of reducing puffiness and inflammation. I think Apothederm’s Hydrating Eye Cream is definitely a winner.

You can find this eye cream and other great Apothederm products (Marcia loves their Nourishing Serum) online at www.apothederm.com. Take a look…I am definitely impressed.  – Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Water, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Octanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Esters, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Dimethicone, Phytosteryl Isostearate, Hexapeptide-21, Squalane, Tocopherol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polysorbate 80, Behenyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Laureth-4, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Sorbate, Methylisothiazolinone, Disodium EDTA.

A sweet extra scoop for The Sunday Scoop 7/27

I was going to include this in The Sunday Scoop but I didn’t want it to get lost. DermaMD is working with Groupon to bring you a fabulous buy. The product is Derma MD Eliminate Eye. What it is eliminating is dark circles, lines and puffiness.

ELIMINATE EYE

ELIMINATE EYE

I’ve been using several DermaMD products with great success and this week I’ll be writing more about them but I don’t want you to miss out on the Groupon.

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

DermaMD Eliminate Eye

Eliminate retails for $58.95 but the Groupon price is $18.99. This runs through August 6 but if it runs out before then, it’s gone. You don’t want to miss this spectacular buy. — Marcia

all about Eliminate

all about Eliminate

*sent for editorial consideration

Review and GIVEAWAY! Dermarie Skin Care

We know there are tons of gimmicks out there for skin care, so it’s always exciting to try a line that is simply based on good science. Today we have three skin care products from Dermarie to tell you about; you’ll not only get the inside scoop you will also have a chance to win one of them for yourself!

dermarie

Dermarie is a new line for us and we were intrigued by their philosophy. All of Dermarie’s products are developed from science. This is a line that is about effective ingredients and results, not marketing magic. They find some excellent ingredients from nature, as well as some that chemists have invented. This is a technology-based line, folks – you won’t find any fads here! Everything is made and manufactured in the US and Dermarie is a cruelty-free line.

Today we have three products that Dermarie sent us to review, as well as a giveaway for each of the items. And if our review spurs your interest in the line, we have a special code just for Beauty Info Zone readers for a whopping 40% off.  Just add in the code BEAUTYINFOZONE40 at checkout.

Lisa’s Side:  I am the lucky one who got to test two of Dermarie’s bestselling skin care products.  I tested both an eye serum and a facial serum.

Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum ($45)

Dermarie Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum

Dermarie Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum

Dermarie Under Eye Serum dropper bottle

Dermarie Under Eye Serum dropper bottle

I have eye issues, no doubt about it. I’ve got discoloration under my eyes, dark circles, and puffiness. So the Under Eye Illuminator Anti-aging Serum sounded right up my alley. This serum attacks all three issues and creates a healthier, younger looking eye area. It does this through peptides, one of the best ingredients available in skin care.

I used this for a month and I definitely noticed a difference. This is applied morning and night, and I actually also used a regular eye cream over it because the serum isn’t really for hydration. Check out what it does:

  • Visibly improves the appearance of under eye dark circles, puffiness, and discoloration
  • Active complex of rapid absorbing peptides improve skin tone and texture
  • Treats all types of under eye dark circles

    • Blue Circles from capillary pressure
    • Brown Circles caused by hyperpigmentation
    • Yellow Circles from hereditary factors
  • Softens and smooths skin

And here is a statistic that made me hopeful – after two weeks, 83% of users reported a reduction of dark circles and 85% reported a reduction of eye puffiness. I noticed a big difference in both puffiness and under eye circles. If you have any of these issues, this just could be the answer for you.  (Ingredients include Seaweed Extract, Purified Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Oxido Reductases, Soy Peptide, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.)

Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum ($68)

Dermarie Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

Dermarie Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

Dermarie’s Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum has pretty sweet packaging.  It looks like a great big needle, I guess because the serum is like a topical Botox. Dermarie says it “interrupts the nerve signals responsible for facial expression lines and forehead wrinkles.” The peptides in this serum relax the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles, and by calming those muscles the appearance of lines is reduced.

Nope, it's not a needle...it just looks like one!

Nope, it’s not a needle…it just looks like one!

Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

Lumitox Acetyl Hexapeptide Anti-aging Facial Serum

The two peptides are Hexapeptide-30 and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8. There is a lot of science behind this and Dermarie does a great job of explaining what these peptides do HERE.  The benefits of this facial serum are pretty amazing:

  • Formulated with two revolutionary deep penetrating peptides Hexapeptide-30 and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8
  • Reduces the severity of facial expression lines, wrinkle depth and fine lines
  • Lifts and tightens facial skin for improved elasticity and firmness
  • Relaxes and calms facial features for a more youthful appearance
  • Nourishing and skin revitalizing seaweed extract with hyaluronic acid for added moisturizing and skin protecting benefits

I used this morning and night for almost a month, and found it be a wonderful, lightweight serum. Did it actually reverse my expression lines? No, I think I will need to keep using it for a month or two longer to really know the long-term effects of this serum. But it did hydrate and plump up my skin, and my wrinkles certainly did not get any deeper. I think this is an exciting serum with very interesting science behind it and I am excited to find out what my results will be in another month or two. (Ingredients include Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract, Purified Water (Aqua), Hyaluronic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Acetyl Hexapeptide-30, Arginine, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.)

Marcia’s Side:  Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream ($58)

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

I’ve been using Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream for almost a month now and every time I put it on I get mad at it. Truthfully, I yell at it in my head. I don’t understand why an eye cream has to be fragranced. But that hasn’t stopped me from using it night after night. The benefits outweigh the fragrance. Since everything in the eye cream is natural I know that the fragrance most likely comes from the organic botanicals used.

great pump packaging

great pump packaging

Eye cream, just a dab needed

Eye cream, just a dab needed

The results of using Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream compensate for my nose’s preferences (and the aroma only lasts about 20 minutes). The fact that this is helping with my horrible dark circles and the puffiness under my eyes makes me keep using it. Ingredients like Vitamin K, arnica, and DCX help with circulation and strengthen the delicate layers of skin under my eyes. Those ingredients also mobilize the blood flow around my eyes to alleviate the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and swelling. I take a million pictures (and delete 99% of them) and it’s not my undereye area where I use the Dermarie that shows up darkly.

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

Dermarie Eye Illuminator + Vitamin K Anti-aging Eye Cream

Loving hyaluronic acid as an ingredient, like I do, makes this a very hydrating eye cream for me. The moisturizing qualities of hyaluronic acid along with the blend of these other ingredients make for an eye cream that does what it says – illuminates, helps with the signs of anti-aging, and decreases dark circles. I couldn’t ask for more.

Dermarie is sponsoring a giveaway for all three products reviewed today, so take a chance and enter!  Don’t forget the amazing coupon code for Beauty Info Zone readers – get 40% off with the code BEAUTYINFOZONE40.

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*products reviewed and giveaway prizes from Dermarie; opinions are all our own!

Top 10 Tuesday Sun Protection Favorites

TOP TEN TUESDAY picked an important topic this week – sunscreen. I can’t believe the number of years I didn’t use sunscreen or used it sporadically. I’m paying the consequences now with too many sunspots. As an oldie, but goodie, sunscreen wasn’t in our family vocabulary. Coppertone was put on us to protect us from the sun but it really just made me burn. Now I know better and I’m an avid fan of SPF products. Here are some of my favorites in no particular order.
1. SUPERGOOP CITY SUNSCREEN SERUM* – Unfortunately I’m out of this but I want to repurchase it. The serum is SPF 30+, has no fragrance and is very lightweight. I used this as my SPF and moisturizer and primer – a triple threat!

2. SUPERGOOP DAILY CORRECT CC CREAM* – This is what I’m using now from Supergoop. It’s actually a lightly tinted SPF cream that provides SPF 35 coverage. It comes in three shades; I have Light to Medium which is a little dark for me (see swatch below). This can also be used as a primer and sunscreen that helps even out skintone. If the color is right for you then it will give you the corrective cream coverage that is so popular with CC Creams.

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream SPF 35

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

Supergoop CC Cream light to medium

3. SUPERGOOP ADVANCED AGING EYE CREAM* – How many of you forget about your eye area when thinking about sunscreen? I just assumed my regular sunscreen would be enough but it’s absolutely not. I don’t get that close to my eyes with sunscreen plus that area is so tender and prone to showing aging. This SPF 37 eye cream is a big favorite of mine and not just because it has the best applicator in town.

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

Supergoop Anti-Aging eyecream with SPF37

4. MELANSOL 100% NATURAL SUNSCREEN SPF 30 *- This particular SPF 30 sunscreen is not for everyone but it’s perfect for those of us with very fair skin that never tans and always burns. MelanSol makes a variety of sunscreens for those of you who have a different risk level from the sun. This SPF 30 version is great for midday application when the sun is at its peak or for high activity levels when you’ll be out in the sun for longer periods. It contains active ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide in its natural, cruelty free, vegan formula. I’ve found it to be hydrating and non-greasy. I love having a product that I know will have extra protection when I’m out on the water or in my yard with the little ones.

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

MelanSol Sunscreen spf 30

5. NEOVA DNA DAMAGE CONTROL *- A broad spectrum SPF 40 makes this a great choice if you want to be without foundation yet have some coverage when outside. They could call this a CC Cream since it’s described as a Color Correction cream that illuminates and brightens with a tinted, pearl finish. It comes in just one shade though with a very light tint. My skin isn’t good enough to go out in public with just this but I’ll wear it for days I’m at home alone or with a light foundation over it if I do go out. I’ve been very impressed with the Neova line and this is no exception.

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

Neova DNA Damage Control SPF 40

swatches of Neova DNA spf and Supergoop CC Cream

swatches of Neova DNA SPF and Supergoop CC Cream (light to medium)

6. ALGENIST ULTRA LIGHTWEIGHT UV DEFENSE FLUID SPF 50* – This is another of my old favorite sunscreens which I’ve used up. I’ve talked about it several times in posts. It contains Titanium Dioxide (2%), Zinc Oxide (17.1%) and Octinoxate (7.5%) along with the other fabulous Algenist ingredients that make this brand unique. I won’t go on about it since you can read my previous linked review other than to say, it’s great!

7. and 8. AVEENO PROTECT + HYDRATE LOTION SUNSCREEN* – Aveeno makes two different Protect+Hydrate Lotion Sunscreens. For your face you’ll want Broad Spectrum SPF 50 which is oil free and non-comedogenic. For your body (and face) you want Broad Spectrum SPF 30 which is very hydrating while being protective. These are both new products for 2014 along with an SPF 70 formula. Aveeno is priced right at $9.95 for a 3 oz tube and it delivers sunscreen in an advanced formula that uses their patented Colloidal Oatmeal.

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

Aveeno Protect+Hydrate sunscreens

9. and 10. B. KAMINS LIP BALM SPF 20 and VAULT RETRACTABLE LIP BALMS SPF 30 – We absolutely can’t forget our lips and here are two brands that I love using. Lisa reviewed the B Kamins so I picked it up at a local boutique, it’s actually more of a lip protectant than what we think of with a lip balm. It comes in a tube and squeezes out in an emollient balm. Vault Retractable Lip Balms are a twist on the typical balm because it was originally created for use during sports as well as other times. It takes three easy steps: PUSH the plunger (the bottom half) until the tip locks in place; TWIST the plunger to deliver the lip balm; CLICK the trigger to release the tip which closes it back up. Stick it in your pocket and it’s done. Nothing to fall off or lose. While they have a clear lip balm, it’s the tinted ones that are my favorites. There are 8 lightly tinted balms and they’ve lowered the price to $6.99 (from $9) and have free shipping.

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Vault Retractable Lip Balm in Bikini

Now that you’ve seen my long list of 2014 favorites tell me what your favorite is. Then go visit the other lovely sunscreen buffs in the Top 10 Tuesday group. — Marcia


*products received for consideration

Top 10 Tuesday picks favorite eye creams

Give me eye cream now! Give me eye balm immediately! Give me eye serums ASAP. If it’s for the delicate eye area I want it. I’ve reviewed a lot of eye creams so picking just 10 (or 9 as you’ll see) was extremely difficult. Some came to mind instantly because I’m either using them or I’ve bought them again. Others are ones I really enjoyed but picking between them was a difficult choice. My Top Ten are ones I would recommend without a doubt so let’s see what they are:

1. ALGENIST EYE RENEWAL BALM –  I’m on my second jar of the Algenist plus I’ve used up some sample sizes. This is the first eye cream I thought of when we picked this topic. I chose this for my desert island Beauty Spotlight Team and I’d chose it again.

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

Algenist Eye Renewal Balm

2. KATE SOMERVILLE KateCeuticals MULTI-ACTIVE EYE CREAM - Kate Somerville makes more than one eye cream. I’m sure they are all wonderful but this one is the most wonderful. My eyes drank this up and begged for more. If you are looking for true anti-aging properties, splurge on this.

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

Kate Somerville Multi-Active Repair Eye Cream

3. SOMME INSTITUTE EYE – I’ve repurchased every product from Somme Institute. At first I didn’t repurchase EYE but as soon as I was done with it, I missed it. Even though it doesn’t contain SPF it’s one of my favorite daytime eye creams. It’s lightweight and concealer doesn’t crease when I mix it with Somme Eye. Watch for this on Hautelook.

Somme Institute Eye

Somme Institute Eye

4. SENNA LIFT AND LIGHTEN EYE CREAM – It’s been four years since I reviewed this Senna Eye Cream but I haven’t forgotten it. I bought a second jar at IMATS because I love how it lightens my dark circles and hydrates under my eyes. Plus it’s still only $28 even after all this time.

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

Senna Lift & Lighten Eye Cream

5. YBF CORRECT – Simple name, not so simple protect. Your Best Face (YBF) tells you succinctly what their products will do and then they prove it by doing research and using the best ingredients to make sure their products work. Correct works!

YBF Correct

YBF Correct

6. YES TO BLUEBERRIES EYE FIRMING TREATMENT – This is my latest eye cream. I’ve been using it daily for about 6 weeks and I can’t bring myself to move on. It totally surprised me since I’m not a mass market skincare person in general but this has kept my eyes looking less lined, my dark circles at bay and has rid me of morning puffiness. For $15-20 (depending on where you buy it) this is a must to try.

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

Yes to Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment

7. LIFT LAB LIFT & FIRM EYE CREAM – The gel like texture of Lift Lab’s Eye Cream is very soothing. It’s lightweight and you don’t even realize you have it on during the daytime. What you will realize is how soft the skin around your eyes feels and how your puffiness isn’t really noticeable.

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

Lift Lab Lift & Firm Eye Cream

8. EXUVIANCE AGE REVERSE EYE CONTOUR – The name tells you one of the reasons I like this. I won this in a giveaway almost 4 years ago and wish I had it again. My memory is short when it comes to “why did I come into this room” but not on eye creams. It helps firm the collagen around eyes. I need this again.

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

Exuviance Age Reverse Eye Contour

9. DERMAdoctor WRINKLE REVENGE RESCUE & PROTECT EYE BALM – This does it all. It moisturizes, firms, reduces puffiness, helps eliminate dark circles, helps with fine lines and bakes cookies. Ok, I’m kidding about the cookies but it would if it could. It’s thicker than most of the others I’ve mentioned but sometimes you need that.

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

DERMAdoctor rescue & protect eye balm

10. EYES by TO GO SPA EYE MASKS – I’m cheating. I can’t help it. When you need a way to make your eyes look less lined and more relaxed you want something like an eye mask. I’ve tried and loved quite a few but I always go back to EYES by ToGoSpa. They now have 3 varieties and it’s hard to pick which you want but you won’t go wrong with any of them. These are collagen eye masks that you want any time you want to look your best.

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

EYES by ToGoSpa in Green Tea and Pomegranate

Now it’s your turn. What are your favorite eye creams (balms, serums, masks, etc.)? I’m sure you have some to recommend and I know my fellow Top 10 bloggers will tempt us with more. — Marcia


*some products were sent for editorial consideration, disclosures in original review, many of these were purchased.